Gaganyaan: IAF to train 10 astronauts

Chennai: ISRO Chairman K Sivan said astronauts trained by IAF will be sent to the space in India’s manned mission – Gaganyaan. He said 10 trained personnel will be trained out of which three of them will make their journey into space.

“We have ensured that trainees are selected by abiding the various rules and regulations,” he said.

The first two phase of the training will take place at IAF’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine (Bengaluru) and the next phase of training will happen in France, Russia and 23 other countries.

It is said the astronauts will stay in space for at least a week, and then return to Earth for debriefing. The mission will use India’s GSLV Mk III three-stage rocket and will be a collaborative effort between ISRO and other national agencies.

The air force has now been given the full task of selection and training of the crew.

It is reportedly said the French space agency, CNES will be combining their expertise in fields of space medicine, astronaut health monitoring, life support, radiation protection, space debris protection and personal hygiene systems to train future astronauts.

It may be noted that a fund of Rs 10,000 crore was allotted by the Central Government for this project which is expected to be completed by 2022.

NT Bureau